By Gavin Greer
Over the weekend Purdue Fort Wayne’s softball team competed in the 2023 Aces Home Tournament #2. From Friday to today the team played five games in the tournament. Out of the five, they came away only winning one matchup.
The team played two games on Friday, two games on Saturday and one game today.
The Mastodons first game of the tournament was against Bowling Green. This was their only win of the tournament as they won 3-2. Pitcher Alanah Jones picked up her third win of the season. She pitched all seven innings totaling five strikeouts. Taryn Jenkins was PFW’s best batter as she went 1/2 batting picking up a run and a walk.
In PFW’s second game on Friday they lost 2-3 to Evansville. PFW’s pitchers did well, but the Mastodons were not able to outbat the Aces. Bailey Manos was PFW’s best batter as she was the only player to get a hit. Grace Hollopeter and Jenkins reached base on walks.
PFW’s first game on Saturday ended in a 2-5 loss to St. Thomas. PFW did better batting in this game as they had six hits. Unfortunately these hits did not result in scores, so PFW was not able to stay in the game.
In their second game on Saturday PFW lost in extra innings to Evansville 4-5. PFW had the lead in the 8th inning but allowed two runs to lose the game. Hollopeter went 2/5, scored one run and totaled one RBI.
Today PFW played their last game of the tournament against St. Thomas. This game was thei biggest loss of the weekend as they fell 1-5. PFW struggled at the plate. Their best batter was Hollopeter. She batted 1/3 and scored one run.
Following the completion of the tournament, PFW sits at 4-12 on the season. They will have a chance to improve this record next weekend as they travel to Bloomington to play in the Hoosier Classic.
PFW will face off against four opponents from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4. They will play Green Bay, IU, and Wisconsin. The matchup against Wisconsin will be a double header.